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Thousands in PBC flock to make an appointment for a COVID vaccination at Publix.com

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May 19, 2013 file photo, (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz, File)

UPDATE: As of 6:00 Friday morning, if you are over 65, you can log on to Publix.com to schedule an appointment for a COVID vaccine. 45-thousand new appointments at 67 Publix in Palm Beach County are now available. Teachers over 65 in South Florida will also be able to get a vaccine this weekend. School employees 65 and older can start getting the COVID vaccine tomorrow in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho says these are essential employees and protecting their health is vital to ensuring student learning continues.

Publix.com was swamped Wednesday morning by thousands of people wanting to get vaccinated at one of the 67 stores in Palm Beach County.

Many people woke up just shy of 6 a.m. Wednesday to schedule an appointment to receive a vaccine at a Publix pharmacy. They were unable to.
A check of Publix’s COVID-19 vaccine registration website says that all 24-thousand appointments have been booked.

Coronavirus vaccine at Publix Pharmacy.
All available COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Publix Pharmacy have been claimed. Starting Friday, January 22 after 6:00 a.m. EST, eligible customers can access appointment availability beginning Saturday, January 23.

Vaccination appointments are scheduled online only. Appointments cannot be made by calling Publix or the Publix Pharmacy.

Eligibility
The following persons are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida, by appointment only:

healthcare personnel with direct patient contact
residents and staff of long-term healthcare facilities, and
adults aged 65 years and older

Those who were unable to secure an appointment for a vaccine Wednesday should visit the site Friday at 6 a.m. At that time, more than 45,000 additional appointments will be available.
For those who booked an appointment Wednesday, shots will be administered as early as Thursday.